Babies born in the U.S. down 4 percent

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This follows a record 4.3 million births in 2007. The Centers for Disease Control said birth rates for women aged 20 to 24 was down nine percent. That's the lowest rate ever recorded for this age group.

Teen births also fell but more women in their 40s had babies. Hispanic women showed the largest decline of any ethnic group and researchers say couples are having fewer children because of tough economic times.

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